Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Who Says The Local News Is Dull?

In response to National Topless Day, the powers that be in Springfield, MO have passed a "Nipple" Law, making it OK to go topless as long as the nipples are covered.  The law applies to women only. Clearly, this is a violation of that pesky First Amendment.

It's also silly, if you ask me.

Stay tuned.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Beware the Asians

Jeb! is lurking in the neighborhood of the border between the USA and Mexico. He went there to explain that the immigration problem isn't due to the Mexicans, it's those pesky Asians who are causing the problems.

He's supposed to be the smart one in the family, but he is sounding more and more like his brother George W. and his father George H.W.  The ability to open mouth and insert foot appears to run in the family.

It's gonna get better. Somebody make the popcorn.

Stay tuned. 


Friday, August 21, 2015

A Mind Like An Unmade Bed

The title has often been used to describe me, and as I get older it becomes a more and more accurate description. It's not that I don't WANT to blog, it's just that I can't seem to organize my thoughts into a post that makes sense.  But, I'm going to try, once again, because I am opinionated and because my kids are tired of listening to me bitch. So, if there's still someone out there who wants to read it, I'm back.  Who knows for how long?  With election season coming on strong, I should have plenty to say, if I can just keep it together enough to be coherent.

Donal Trump.  What can I say?  He's the media's darling right now, and if they try hard enough, they can probably make him the candidate. And, boy howdy, do the Republicans deserve it!  It has been observed that one of the reasons he is so far ahead in the polls at this point is because there are so many other candidates even crazier than he is. Personally, I think 1.) the serious voters are not yet paying attention and 2.) the ones who are engaging want desperately to "send a message" that they're tire of the same old retreads running for office. The only problem with that is, if they are sending that message, they're going to have to back it up by either not voting at all or voting for the guy they think is an "outsider" and this time around, it's Trump. It doesn't make a a lot of sense to complain about a candidate and then turn around and vote for him/her.

Hillary Clinton.  Oh, dear. Here we go again.  I really would like to see a woman elected President during my lifetime.  I'm just not sure she's the one. Just thinking about all the abuse she's going to have to take, and we are going to have to listen to,  for the next year makes me feel sick.   She will have to endure all the baggage from her husband's "scandals", and she will have "scandals" of her own with which to contend.

Benghazi hasn't worked out very well for the opposing party, but I'll bet we'll have to live through it again before it's all over.  Right now, they're busily trumping up (no pun intended) accusations about her e-mails from her private server while she was Secretary of State.  Good grief, people! Get a life! It's not as though other people in government have never had their own servers.  And, it's not as though the Government servers are particularly secure.  The point is they haven't found any classified material in the e-mails they have already picked apart, and I'm guessing, chances are they won't. Something that is classified now, but wasn't back then doesn't count. They can't very well nail her retroactively. Now we know why Romney took all of his hard drives out back and destroyed them.

I'm going to get around to the other candidates pretty soon, I hope, but right now, I'll just ask:  Is anybody feeling the Bern?

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Raises All Around

Happy days are here again, at least for top government officials. The Legislature, with the enthusiastic approval of the Governor, voted for pay raises for themselves, and all the judges, including the supreme court.

1. The Governor goes from $70,132 to $130,000 per year - 64% raise.

2. Lt. Governor - no raise. I guess that means they intend to do away with the job.

3. Atty Gen.- from $73,132 to $130,000 - 77% raise

4. Sec'y of State - from $54,848 t $90,000 - 64% raise

5. Land Commissioner, Auditor and Treasurer, each from $54,848 to $85,000 - 55% each

6. District Judges - from $125,950 to $140,000 - 11% raise

7. Circuit Judges - from $140,000 to $160,000 - 14% raise

8. Court of Appeals - from $144,082 to $161,800 - 11% raise

9. Chief Judge, Court of Appeals - from $147,286 to $164,000 - 11% raise

10. Justices, Supreme Ct. - $149,589 to $166,500 - 11% raise

11. Chief Justice, Supreme Court - $164,601 to $180,000 - 11 % raise.

12. Legislature - $15,869 to $39,400 - 145% raise.  Supposedly, this will do away with $14,000 expense accounts as a pay supplement in the form of monthly payments to spouses' LLC's.  Huh?  So far, two of the Legislatures are whining that the raises aren't large enough.

They are also gutting the recently passed "Ethics Bill" which bans various gifts from lobbyists, including paying for lunches.

More good news to come.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

We're On Our Way to Ruin



Feb/ 20

Our new Governor, Asa Hutchinson, has wasted no time in starting Arkansas on that slippery slope toward ruin, just like Oklahoma and Kansas. He signed a bill doing away with the Public Option, affective December 31, 2016. It will throw over 190,000 people off the health care rolls. I don't know how he plans to pay for all his "tax cuts" when that happens, but, that'll be his problem. The people of Arkansas who voted for him are certainly getting the government they deserve. Notice I said "they."

He has also appointed a 16 man bi-partisan (12 Republicans, 4 Democrats) commission to develop a plan to make changes to  the Public Option.  His version of bi-partisan differs from mine, a bit. And, while they're at it, he wants them to study the entire Arkansas Medicaid program. 


Feb 24.

The Arkansas Legislature has passed a bill barring cities and towns in Arkansas from passing anti-discrimination laws. It hasn't occurred to the morons that what will result is the ability to discriminate indiscriminately. The cowardly governor says he won't sign it, but he won't veto it, either. Way to stay firmly on the fence, Governor Hutchinson.



Feb. 25  The slide continues. A bill in the Arkansas Legislature would authorize any of us to assert our religion to break any law we found objectionable. I think, I hope, it failed in committee. Gov. Hutchinson, from atop his fence, said the bill was "broad" and may be in need of amendments. 
 
Before this term is over, even atheists will be on their knees, praying for a few Democrats to be elected in 
 2016.

Stay tuned. 
 

 

Monday, March 02, 2015

Arkansas Legislature Wasted No Time

Feb. 2 - The first, but not last, abortion bill of this legislative session seeks to ban a procedure no currently offered in Arkansas. (A pre-emptive strike, perhaps?): drug induced abortions by telemedicine. This is where a doctor consults with a patient by video and may or may not provide a prescription.

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There is a bill to make schools teach cursive, which I actually support, but not for the reasons the Lege wants it.  Common Core doesn't think cursive is necessary.  The Lege doesn't  think common core is necessary, and they will be chipping away at it every chance they get. 

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The Governor has signed a bill to take effect immediately, abolishing the 9-member Lottery Commission and putting the State  in control, through the Department of Finance and Administration.  Admittedly, something needed to be done about the Lottery. It was poorly thought out and set up by administrators "from off", who were grossly overpaid, and the Lottery has been steadily losing ground.

Maybe it would be better if they sold actual lottery TICKETS, instead of hedging their bets by requiring the purchase of $5 or more scratch-offs before qualifying for the big money. Just a suggestion.

But, turning it over to the State?  Well.  No chance for corruption there, right?

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Oh, yes, there was a bill allowing college staff to carry guns on campus.  The bill failed once, but it's ba-a-a-ck. It'll pass before long.  It's inevitable.

Stay tuned.



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Back With a Vengeance

I know, I've been gone a long time, but now that Arkansas has a new (Republican) governor, I might just have a few things to say, for a change. I gt tired of ranting and raving about the Minority Rule that seems to have taken over the country. You could call it a bloodless coup, and it presents me with just too much to rant about.

But, the latest takeover by the Tea Party Republicans in my state promises to reward me with an abundance of stupidity.  It didn't even take a month for the Legislature to start presenting and passing bills designed to do maximum damage.

Governor Asa Hutchinson has planted himself firmly on the fence, one leg on one side and the other leg on the other.  You remember him, don't you? He was the member of the House of Representatives who gleefully led the charge in the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

So, hold onto your hats, folks.  Arkansas is on the slippery slope to ruin, just like Oklahoma and Kansas. And, I'm planning to document as many of the ignorant bills that I hear about as I can. 

This could be fun. If you enjoy watching train wrecks.  And, I do.

Stay tuned.